Saturday, January 12, 2019

Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin - 1973-09-01 - Chicago, IL

In early fall 1973, Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin - two guitarists with a shared interest in Sri Chinmoy - released a collaborative record, Love, Surrender, Devotion. Even now, a good 40+ years later, it's still a fascinating listen. Taking a cue from John Coltrane's spiritual jazz, the two guitarists shred and shred at lightning pace, their playing taking on a feel of spiritual chanting, praying or just, as the title suggests, devotion. Compared to either Mahavishnu Orchestra or Santana, it's definitely genre-pushing.

The two also did a short tour together in September 1973 (which, fun fact, let Jan Hammer have a nice vacation in Hawaii) that was filled with some really intense music. Every song is pushed to a breaking point, often running well into the 20+ minute range. It's great if you like extended guitar fireworks, since both McLaughlin and Santana were still young and had no problem with just shredding like there's no tomorrow.

I previously shared the Berkley show from this tour, and this one runs twice as long. But this one's an audience tape and I think has pretty good sound. Play it loud for maximum effect! Things start slow, with the two dueting, but quickly go into the stratosphere: "A Love Supreme" is 20 minutes of jamming, and the pace doesn't let up through the rest of the show. MVP alert: Khalid Yasan's organ playing, which anchors the low end and provides an interesting third voice to compliment and contrast with the guitars.

  1. Meditation
  2. The Life Divine
  3. A Love Supreme
  4. Afro Blue
  5. Naima
  6. Flame Sky
  7. Taurian Matador
  8. Armando Peraza Solo
  9. Billy Cobham solo
  10. Let Us Go Into the House of the Lord


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